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Smart Shopping Cart: How to Correctly Divide Goods Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249535D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-02
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Smart shopping cart: how to correctly divide goods

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Smart Shopping Cart: How to Correctly Divide Goods

When you go at the supermarket and, when you are at the cash to pay for your goods, you need to figure out how many bags you need and how to divide your stuff across the bags. This is time consuming, has impacts on the waiting queue and sometimes can waste bags uselessly.

Our proposal is that, whenever you put anything into your cart, based on the item, and then on shape, on size (already covered in prior art), or on weight or on other item characteristics, it advice through a panel in the shopping cart if you need a new bag and how to place each item into the appropriate bag. This decision is rule based and can be customized. The criteria used to divide the items may be customized by the user, based by default on certain item characteristics in order to equally distribute the weight and the "volumes" across the bags, and also to divide the items across their characteristics (ex. soap in a bag different from food, cold food with cold food, for example ordered according to refrigerator shelves, or items both for a different person all in a different bag/s. You can use your own bags or buy new ones. Additional bags can be also bought and picked up from specific distributors placed within the supermarket.

Hereafter it is described the sequence of steps used by the proposed system method:

1) When a buyer arrives in supermarket, he takes the shopping cart and activates the device and selects the preferred bags mode (optional). It would help to get indication of the needed bag number, and on how to dynamically organize in bags the items bought, according to user predefined criteria. The system will inform the buyer when a new bag is needed or when it is needed to rearrange the items among the bags.

2) The user of this system enters his ordering criteria into the device by a smart card (or by an USB pen or by a SD card, or any device holding storage and a communication media, like a smart phone), which can be easily programmed with the "bags-criteria". A device to store the info on that memory read by the cart can be made available in the supermarket. The preferred embodiment is an App on the smart phone which connects to the cart via bluetooth, and can be used to perform all the needed initial selections.Moreover all the logic can be inside the APP which gets the inputs from the cart device, or it can be centralized and communicate to the mobile device in wireless.

3) By using an existing smart cart (based on rfid or bar code) the system is able to recognize any items getting into the cart.

4) The system informs the buyer in which bag to place the item (according to the predefined rules), to rearrange the bag contents, or to buy additional bags. The bags might be identified by a color or by a number placed on the bag holder inside the cart. In case of user provided bags the user needs to select and indicate to the system the shape and the volume of his bags (selecting from a predefined list with...